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After a Charismatic Leader, What?

In both these tasks, Chavez was scarcely alone. But he sounded a clarion call. For me, this effort is part of the larger task we all face during this structural crisis of historical capitalism and the bifurcation of two possible resolutions of the chaos into which our world-system has fallen. We need to debate what is the nature of the better world we, or some of us, are seeking. If we can’t be clearer on what we want, we are not likely to win the battle with those who seek to create a non-capitalist system that nonetheless reproduces the worst features of capitalism: hierarchy, exploitation, and polarization.

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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq | real utopias | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.
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"The Day When Change Will Come" – It's Time To Break the Vicious Circle of Capitalism

"The Day When Change Will Come" – It's Time To Break the Vicious Circle of Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
Traditional, indigenous peoples may now stand as one of the world’s best defenses against global capitalism's endless, suicidal cycle of consumption.
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The world is on the edge of a US-Russia nuke wipeout war: Chomsky - News Every day

The world is on the edge of a US-Russia nuke wipeout war: Chomsky - News Every day | real utopias | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, US intellectual commentator, Noam Chomsky, warns the world of an impending nuclear war threat due to a Cold War between the US and Russia.
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City Link collapse: union meets administrators in effort to save jobs - The Guardian

City Link collapse: union meets administrators in effort to save jobs - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
RMT union vows to do everything it can to prevent nearly 3,000 job losses at Coventry-based parcel delivery firm
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Immanuel Wallerstein: U.S. standing in the Middle East - Shabka

Immanuel Wallerstein: U.S. standing in the Middle East - Shabka | real utopias | Scoop.it
U.S. standing in the Middle East (and elsewhere) has been eroding for almost 50 years.
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Why We Won’t Wait » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Why We Won’t Wait » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | real utopias | Scoop.it

Wait. Patience. Stay Calm. “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” said the first Black president, “allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust.” Don’t disrupt, express. Justice will be served. We respect the rule of law. This is America.

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14 Things We Learned About Money in Politics in 2014 | Brennan Center for Justice

14 Things We Learned About Money in Politics in 2014 | Brennan Center for Justice | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.
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Global Power Project: Bilderberg Group and the Cult of Austerity

Global Power Project: Bilderberg Group and the Cult of Austerity | real utopias | Scoop.it
If you’ve been to Bilderberg, chances are you’re a fan of austerity: promoting it, demanding it, implementing it and profiting from it.
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A new public security law in Spain is taking away people’s right to speak out about the financial crisis

A new public security law in Spain is taking away people’s right to speak out about the financial crisis | real utopias | Scoop.it
Spain’s new security law sparks protests across country.
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ZCommunications » “Syrian Kurds: This is a Genuine Revolution”

ZCommunications » “Syrian Kurds: This is a Genuine Revolution” | real utopias | Scoop.it
Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, activist, anarchist David Graeber had written an article for the Guardian in October, in the first weeks of the ISIS attacks to Kobane (North Syria), and asked why the world was ignoring the revolutionary Syrian Kurds.
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Republicans prepare for battle with unions in 2015, after midterm gains - Fox News

Republicans prepare for battle with unions in 2015, after midterm gains - Fox News | real utopias | Scoop.it
Republicans in statehouses across the country are plotting a tough new campaign to check the power of labor unions and chip away at their political influence.
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The Islamic State is failing at being a state - Washington Post

The Islamic State is failing at being a state - Washington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
Across the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria, a breakdown of services and deepening deprivation call into question its ability to govern and its sustainability.
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Marxism Is Still Alive (1) - Eesti elu

Marxism Is Still Alive (1) - Eesti elu | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nikolaas de Jong , Brussels Journal, 2014-12-24
Looking at the world today, it would seem that Samuel Huntington's thesis of a coming clash of civilizations has been entirely vindicated by the facts.
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David Harvey, “I’m skeptical about the idea of reforming neoliberalism” 2/4

David Harvey, “I’m skeptical about the idea of reforming neoliberalism” 2/4 | real utopias | Scoop.it
Due to my workload, I need to break this little project into four pieces. I’ll try to get one published every night and will gather them all together in a few days. As always, comments/corrections ...
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Noam Chomsky (2014) "Economics and Classical Liberalism" - YouTube

Date - July 23, 2014 Thanks to Parecon Finland.
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Is the Fear in Europe Finally Changing Sides? - teleSUR English

Is the Fear in Europe Finally Changing Sides? - teleSUR English | real utopias | Scoop.it
With Greece possibly facing new elections in January and the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) still firmly in the lead, and with the leftist upstart Podemos now polling first in Spain, where elections are scheduled for later next year, the...
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Tattoos embody Afghan social revolution, but critics push back - Hurriyet Daily News

Tattoos embody Afghan social revolution, but critics push back - Hurriyet Daily News | real utopias | Scoop.it
The practice is one unexpected legacy of the U.S.-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan, which ends its fighting role against the Taliban on December 31
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Noam Chomsky on US-Cuban Relations: Obama's Historic Move - Toward Freedom

Noam Chomsky on US-Cuban Relations: Obama's Historic Move - Toward Freedom | real utopias | Scoop.it
A progressive perspective on world events since 1952.
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US Democracy's Failure at Racial Justice - Consortium News

US Democracy's Failure at Racial Justice - Consortium News | real utopias | Scoop.it
US Democracy's Failure at Racial Justice
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“Hence the social revolution is a result, a development, which means that it is evolutionary.
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China's Second 'Cultural Revolution' - Analysis - Eurasia Review

China's Second 'Cultural Revolution' - Analysis - Eurasia Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
China is in the midst of its second ‘cultural revolution’ in a half century. While the first (under Chairman Mao Tse Tung) was intended to ‘revitalize socialism’; the current is directed to ‘morali...
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Greens urge 'peaceful revolution'

Greens urge 'peaceful revolution' | real utopias | Scoop.it
A big general election turnout could trigger a "peaceful revolution" in British politics, says Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.
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Why a year of little change felt like one of sustained crisis

Why a year of little change felt like one of sustained crisis | real utopias | Scoop.it

It has been a year of big news and small change. The most momentous political event was something that might have happened but didn’t: Scotland rejected independence. The full consequences of that campaign are still unfolding, of course. Powerful disruptive forces were unleashed. But the countervailing forces of continuity shouldn’t be undervalued just because they seem more banal. The union that entered 2014 is the same one that leaves it.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation